I wanted to give an update on the issue of abandoned courses and how we plan to help with that.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the term abandoned courses - they are community courses that are being used by other users where the course creator has stopped using Memrise/Decks. As a result the course has been ‘abandoned’ and isn’t being fixed or updated over time.
We know this is a pain point for some of you, so we’re going to trial reviewing and granting selected users contributor status for abandoned community courses on a monthly basis. Contributor status allows a user to make certain edits to a course, which you can see an overview of here
How will the review and granting process work?
- We have created a section within Decks Bugs and Feedback where you can start a thread if you want to become a contributor for an abandoned course
- Before you post on that thread, you should try to contact the creator of a course that you think is abandoned. You can do that by searching for the course author in the forum, and if they are in the forum, starting a thread with them in the relevant course category
- The course creator is free to decline your request
- If the course creator is either not on the forum or doesn’t reply to you within a week, you can then request contributor status.
- Please start a thread here and include
- The name of the course
- A link to the course
- A link to the thread where you have already reached out to the course creator, if applicable
- A couple of sentences on why you want to be a contributor
- We’ll review requests at the end of each month
- If we see that a course creator has been active on Memrise in the past month, we’ll decline the request since we don’t consider the course to be abandoned
- We’ll grant contributor status to users who registered on Memrise/Decks at least 6 months ago and have been active in that time. This is in order to reduce the likelihood of courses being broken by contributors
- We reserve the right to grant and revoke course contributors at our discretion
Let me know how that sounds!
We’re planning to do this for the next few months and see how it goes. So first round will be at the end of May.
Some of you have also requested increasing the permissions of contributors. This isn’t on our roadmap at the moment, but if that changes I’ll let you know.